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Tupelo Regional boardings highest-ever for Contour

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • For the first five months of the year, passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional Airport totaled 6,024, a 40 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. But the numbers are skewed by the fact Contour Airlnes was flying only nine-passenger Jetstream planes through April of last year before switching to ...

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Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” — an area where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. Widespread downpours around the Mississippi River Basin have led to record amounts of water, carrying large amounts of fertilizer and other nutrients downriver. The nutrients feed algae, which die and then decompose on the sea floor, ...

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Cuba restrictions hit cruise lines at the start of summer

The Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba will sting the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical summer vacation season. Major cruise lines on Wednesday immediately began dropping stops in Cuba from their itineraries and hastily rerouting ships to other destinations including Mexico. The changes affect thousands of passengers ...

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The Faulkner turns to back pages of family, downtown history

By JACK WEATHERLY As you might imagine, a great-nephew of William Faulkner has a story or two. Thomas W. “Buddy” Faulkner bought the five-story building at 518 Capitol St. in 1993 out of foreclosure. “I love old buildings, so it was a no-brainer,” said Faulkner, an architect who now lives in Chattanooga, but is a former resident of Jackson. He ...

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Monmouth Historic Inn receives Four Diamond rating by AAA

The Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens in Natchez has been awarded the Four Diamond Rating by AAA for the 39th consecutive year, the longest of any Southern hotel. The 26-acre property was purchased by Nancy and Warren Reuther seven years ago, when they feared for the future of the historic building. Built in 1818 by Mr. and Mrs. John Hankinson ...

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Pearl River Resort Public Relations wins award

Pearl River Resort won a PRism Award at Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) state conference. It was recognized for it long-term strategic special events programs for the department’s involvement in the Resort’s annual Angel Tree project. The Pearl River Resort Public Relations team is, from left: Erica Clemons Moore, Todd Adams, Katheline McDaniel, Cassandra Hickman, and Dominique Lewis.

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Tourism plays key role in Mississippi’s economy

When we think of economic drivers, we often think of work – the number of jobs, the number of employees, and the amount of revenue and tax collections generated. But sometimes fun can drive the economy too. Tourism plays a key role in Mississippi’s economy. In its Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report, the Mississippi Development Authority reports that “Mississippi’s unique ...

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Ocean Springs will build beach sidewalk after legal battle

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is moving ahead with plans to build a new sidewalk by a beach, after homeowners lost a legal battle to block the project. The Mississippi Press reports Ocean Springs is receiving $384,000 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the East Beach sidewalk. The city will contribute another $96,000, and work could begin ...

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HOME TOWN — Rasberry helps make Laurel a special place to live

By NASH NUNNERY To say Jim Rasberry loves his hometown of Laurel might be the understatement of the century. In 2006, Rasberry Financial Services was one of a handful of tenants occupying the city’s once-bustling downtown. Many small businesses had left for other areas of town. Federal urban renewal projects had turned the center of Laurel into what resembled a ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Mobile: not all sleepy time down South

We are driving through southeast Mississippi, heading toward Mobile. Richton is a sleepy little town whose underground salt dome was to be the site of the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve. That didn’t happen.  A fighter jet escorts us as it swoops and loops overhead when we enter Alabama at Wilmer. Other than  maybe an imagined whiff of jet fuel, the ...

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